Bed Bugs?

Did anyone have any problems with bed bugs in any of the hotels when visiting amusement parks?

crazy horse's avatar

There was a hotel near great escape that I know had them.

I would suggest that you steer clear of this place.

what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

CoasterDemon's avatar

^Last year, I was sharing a house - and a girl downstairs got bedbugs. They don't discriminate - whether or not she brought them into the house, it turned into a big problem. Those things are superbugs.

I heard one suggestion to leave your suitcase in a large plastic bag when it is in the hotel - and to unload stuff in the bathtub. Those pests have been found in 5 star hotels, etc. Scary!

Jerry's avatar

Please note for the record I didn't start this thread :-)

LostKause's avatar

I looked for them before I allowed any luggage to be set down last year the few times I stayed in a hotel, one in the very bedbuggy Cincinnati. Luckily, no bugs were found.

CoasterDemon's avatar

^But the BIG thing about bed bugs is that most of the time - you cannot find them ;)

They lay and hide eggs; they hide when you are awake, etc. etc. Check out this site:
This guy Jeff White (there are a bunch of vids of him on Youtube as well, explaining bed bugs, etc.) is the bed bug man, he knows everything.

Raven-Phile's avatar

When we went to Charlottesville, VA in November, we did the same thing. Luggage stayed up on the counter or table until I did a thorough search. Nothing turned up, and all was well.

Jerry's avatar

While informative- I found that guys vid presentation annoying... LOL

CoasterDemon's avatar

^May be annoying, but he's the man for bed bugs. They even have dissolve able laundry bags to help with prevention. The anti bed bug industry seems to be getting very big :) Those things are enough to drive anyone crazy.


They can be anywhere. But, it is very likely that they are not in the hotel room you happen to be sleeping in on any given night. Usually, by the time you hear of a report of them in any specific hotel room, they have been eradicated.

I do check mattress borders, etc. for evidence, but so far knock on wood nothing.

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LostKause's avatar

CoasterDemon said:
The anti bed bug industry seems to be getting very big...

I am the kind of guy who believes that some entities can do sinister things for greedy reasons. You just kind of put the "bedbug indusrty" into perspective for me. Scientists have no idea why the bedbug problem is getting seemingly worse. It seems to be really bad in the hotels in certain cities. Maybe bedbugs are being planted in hotels on purpose, to sell more bedbug supplies... Maybe.

I don't think it's necessary to invoke conspiracy. From what I've read, the situation is this: in the 1950s and 60s, bedbugs were virtually wiped out in the western world, courtesy of some very potent pesticides like DDT. Eventually we stopped using DDT, and bedbugs began making a comeback. For a number of years we fought them off fairly well with pesticides that weren't as powerful as DDT, but which were (arguably) safer around humans and in the environment. Unfortunately, this trade-off worked for the bedbugs too, and enough of them ultimately began surviving to develop and pass on increasing levels of resistance to these chemicals.

So we're pretty much in the same boat with bedbugs that we've been putting ourselves in with bacterial contagions.

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CoasterDemon's avatar

^DDT did a job on me, now I am a real sickie
guess I'll have to break the news
that I got no mind to loose....



Who'd a thunk they'd still be around and making such amazing albums after all these year? :)

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CoasterDemon's avatar

Those records are solid gold, in my opinion :)

I wonder how many coasters have had bed bugs on them...


Thanks for all the info

Lord Gonchar's avatar

Pretty thorough thread from not too long ago:

In my not-so-professional opinion as the husband of a woman in the hotel industry for many, many years, the whole thing was hyped and blown out of proportion on laughable levels.

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Besides, if your bed could already support bedbugs, they'd already be there.

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Carrie M.'s avatar

Oy. Are we talking about bed bugs again?

A note about the anti bed bug industry... yesterday while shopping I saw a "bed sack" that was promoted specifically for bed bug protection in hotels. It appeared to be a sleeping bag that looked like a comforter. Now if you know anything about bed bugs, you know that will do nothing for you. But someone's making money on the fear all the same.

Bottom line, don't believe everything you hear and learn to question anything that receives a lot of hype.

*cue the poster who will tell me that I'm an insensitive jerk because they've been traumatized by bed bugs for years and I don't appreciate all that they've been through.*

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

I for one think the bedbug thing has been blown all out of proportion. I have never had an issue with them, and I have stayed at some real sleazepits.

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